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Friday, October 31, 2003
Condi: Through the Looking Glass
Here's today's episode of Through the Looking Glass:
Rice Faults Past Administrations on Terror:
"President Bush's national security adviser said on Thursday that the Clinton and other past administrations had ignored evidence of growing terrorist threats and that despite repeated attacks on American interests, 'until Sept. 11, the terrorists faced no sustained, systematic and global response' from the United States."
I'm sure this is going to expose just lots of semantic arguments from the wingers about whether the response from the Clinton administration was "sustained, systematic, and global". That's a sideshow from the basic point, which is that Condi's statement is a steaming load of fetid dingos' kidneys. For a bit farther down in the same article, we find this:
In the past she has said that a detailed plan to counter Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups was on her desk, approved, when the attacks occurred. That plan became the basis for the decision to drive Al Qaeda out of Afghanistan and topple the Taliban.
There's more, including parts where she appears to differ with the President himself in describing what happened while Bush pere was in office, but she (predictably) saves most of her shots for the Clinton administration, recycling this piece of trash:
"It is now undeniable that the terrorists declared war on America and on the civilized world many years before Sept. 11, 2001," she said in remarks delivered to the legal center at the Waldorf-Astoria. "The attack on the Marine barracks in Lebanon in 1983, the hijacking of the Achille Lauro in 1985, the bombing of Pan Am 103 in 1988, the World Trade Center in 1993, the attacks on American installations in Saudi Arabia in 1995 and 1996, the attack on the U.S.S. Cole in 2000: These and other atrocities were part of a sustained, systematic campaign to spread devastation and chaos. Yet until Sept. 11, the terrorists faced no sustained, systematic and global response."
It's remarkable in that she conflates all these incidents as though they were committed by the same (or at least closely related) groups, while some of them occurred at a time when we were funding al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan. It also recycles the meme that "Clinton didn't do anything to respond to terror attacks during his administration. To put it bluntly, this is bullshit.
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